As individuals, there are many times where we don’t allow ourselves to relax and enjoy what it is we have to go on in front of us and also around us. We get so easily trapped into a routine or a schedule that we have on a day to day basis that we forget to show appreciation for the little things. The field or career of photography can become very hectic and time-consuming as in this day and age it is a very lucrative industry. There are millions of creative individuals like you and myself picking up a camera every day just to create or to complete a project to get paid so that they can buy more equipment or just cover their bills on a monthly basis.
In this article, I aim to give you a few tips on how you can take a break and just go with the flow within your craft. These tips are not only subjected to photographers but can also come in handy for videographers as well. Going with the flow basically means, you have no set objective or motive as to what it’s you want to capture but you will be capturing whatever it is that catches your eye. Going with the flow in photography has proven to be very rewarding for me especially during my travels where I find myself just shooting for fun and not for a particular reason. With that said, let’s dive into a few ways as to how you can go with the flow in photography.
My first word of advice to you when trying to go with the flow is to not plan. This might seem very contradictory to what I’ve said in the previous article where I stressed the importance of being prepared and planning. However, there is a reason I recommend not planning when trying to go with the flow in your photography. When you make a preconceived plan in your head before going out to shoot, you subconsciously try to stick to that plan or stay as close as possible to that plan you already have.
This can tend to limit your creativity and keep you confined or rather trap yourself to shoot in a particular way. At this point, you’re no longer going with the flow but more so trying to complete an objective or plan you’ve already created for yourself. Don’t think about it, just go out and let your passion for photography speak for itself and you will be amazed at what you come up with.
If possible I also recommend leaving your camera bag at home. This can be subjective to where it is you live or where it is you intend on going but nonetheless if possible, just leave it. There’s often a stigma attached to walking around with a camera bag and that stigma is also associated with you having a mission or set plan to capture something. Not walking around with a camera bag not only gives you the freedom to move around without any weight on your back but it also challenges you as a photographer as well. Walking with a camera bag gives you access to all this extra equipment that you will eventually be tempted to use once you’re out.
With the bag not there, you are forced to use whatever you have to your disposal and make it work the best for you. This will help to sharpen your skills as a photographer but also bring a humble feeling to reminded you what it is like to not have all the equipment you now have. Some will say that it also teaches you to appreciate the other lenses you have and test the limit on what it is you’ll be using in the field. The extra weight from your camera bag will do nothing but slow you down so don’t even think about it. Challenge yourself and develop a deeper connection with your passion.
Try not to be fearful when exploring and following wherever your passion takes you. The thrill of going with the flow is to explore different genres of photography, explore new locations and also explore where your passion will lead you. Keep an open mind and don’t be too fearful of where it is you’re going. If going with the flow for you is to visit a city and do some street shots then, by all means, go ahead but don’t be afraid to capture strangers or ask for permission to take a shot that caught your eye.
Taking the time out to go with the flow as a creative can be as therapeutic as listening to soothing music or going on a cruise. It feels so effortless and reminds you why it is you fell in love with the craft in the first place. I hope this article has inspired you to get out there and go with the flow so you can remember what it is that made you love photography in the first place. Until next time, thank you for stopping by.